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Kids Dig Health Bulletin - Summer 2010 Volume 1 #2

Centre For Child And Youth Digestive Health

McMaster Children’s Hospital
OPENS August 23, 2010

The newly constructed Centre for Child and Youth Digestive Health opens Monday August 23 at McMaster Children’s Hospital. First of its kind in Canada, the CC&YDH houses all the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition specialty clinics for: Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Short Gut (ShoRT) Team, Feeding and Swallowing (FAST) Team, constipation management, and the first Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) Clinic in Canada. The Centre is located between the red and yellow elevators on McMaster’s 3rd floor corridor. The Centre features new waiting and reception areas, new nurses and dietitians offices, the Kids Dig Health Resource centre, and 5 clinic and counseling rooms.

Kids Dig Health Program

In addition to new facilities, The Centre hosts The KIDS DIG HEALTH PROGRAM, a research and education program for children and youth and their families and the Professionals that care for them. KIDS DIG HEALTH offers timely information and education about nutrition, healthy active living and chronic GI diseases. An e-bulletin is available upon request and the WWW.KIDSDIGHEALTH.ORG features education and links to other useful websites and resources.


Forty thousand dollars ($40,000) has been raised by families and industrial partners to date to support the KIDS DIG HEALTH PROGRAM. In addition to the education program, funds support Digestive Health research by undergraduate and medical students, Pediatric Residents and Pediatric GI Fellows.

Charity of Hope – Burlington and Oakville Chapters donated $10,000 to help purchase the ZepHr Impedance pH System. This new approach allows doctors to measure esophageal reflux which is especially in evaluating infants and children with life threatening respiratory events.

Summer Research – Ben Asa, a third year students from the University of Western Ontario worked with Dr. Issenman and researcher Dr. Brian Timmons in the Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre. Ben was able to continue research on bone, muscle and pulmonary function in children and teens with IBD. He also circulated a questionnaire to the entire clinic population looking at Life Interests and Activities in these patients.


Hopes Wishes and Dreams Educational CD.

For three years, McMaster’s Pediatric IBD Team has distributed an educational CD entitled, Hopes Wishes and Dreams to all IBD patients and their families. This program is also intro duced to all kids hospitalized with Crohn’s and Colitis at McMaster on Upopolos – the unique hospital intranet! Let us know, if you haven’t received Hope, Wishes and Dreams and we’ll get you a free copy.
Upcoming Events

  • OCT 4th or 6 – Official opening of the Centre for Child and Youth Digestive Health
  • OCTOBER 14 – Official opening of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Can’t Wait to Donate?

To support research and programming for kids with nutritional and digestive problems like celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Liver Disease, and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Your Donations Support the Kids Dig Health Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital


Or By Mail
Send your check to:
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Re: Pediatric Digestive Disease Fund
1200 Main Street West, 3E Clinic
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5